Long, long time ago, there was a small boy who wasn't nearly as tall as he is now. He liked the usual kind of things a boy of nearly three enjoys: going to the park (but not to the shops), playing with his trains, and making plans for becoming a world famous racing driver. And when he wasn't doing any of those, he could often be found stationed at the window, looking out for his Auntie Catrin.
That little boy reckoned then (and today most probably still does) that on the scale of excellent aunties, his Auntie Catrin was hard to beat. She thought of the best places to go, she knew all the fun that was funny, and she always - always- had a small something ready as a treat. Comics, stickers, new pencils, you name it, Auntie Catrin had a ready supply and that rascal knew it. He would wait til she was nicely settled with a cup of coffee (and possibly a Danish Pastry) and then he would sidle up to her "What my like?" he would say (which, for a three year old, is, I reckon, a pretty crisp combination of both firm charm and engaging directness). And, of course, she would instantly, reliably, prove that she knew exactly what he liked, magically producing - a racing car, or some balloons, or (best of all) a new train for the collection.
The trains are treasured still, even though that boy is grown up now and out on his own in the world. He's hoping to return the favour, though, with a bit of Christmas shopping he and I have planned. When he flies home for the holidays I'm hoping he'll have with him a gift for his small cousin, Auntie Catrin's own boy. And we all know who that is...
This page was made for Get It Scrapped and the new article there on Ideas For Scrapbook Page Embellishment With Found Objects. I discovered a plain brown paper bag, in my pile of maybe-I'll-reuse-that-someday stuff and used it as a space to type my journaling. It's my way of reinforcing the story: a bag to wrap a gift, recycled as part of the tale itself. There are lots more ideas on re-using found items - at Get It Scrapped.